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Who is Torrie Lewis? Australian sprint star making waves ahead of Paris 2024 | Sporting News Australia

At just 19, Torrie Lewis has already announced herself as one of Australia’s top track athletes.

The Newcastle-based sprinter set a national record in the 100m last year and has taken out the 200m at a Diamond League meeting.

Here’s what you need to know about Torrie Lewis and her chances of success at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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Who is Torrie Lewis?

Lewis is a 19-year-old Australian athlete, who is the nation’s fastest-ever woman over 100m – with a time of 11.10 set in January 2024.

She was born in England with a Jamaican-Indian father and mother of Scottish descent, before moving to Australia when she was six years old.

In 2023, Lewis, then 18, became Australia’s national champion over 100m and 200m.

Lewis announced herself on the world stage when defeating the likes of Sha’Carri Richardson and Tamara Clark to take out the 200m gold at the Diamond League meeting in Xiamen, China on April 20.

The Aussie pipped Richardson in a photo finish, clocking 22.96.

“My goal was just to hang on as long as I could,” a shocked Lewis said after the race.

“I was in lane nine so I knew they’d all be chasing me. I expected them to be in front of me by [the 50 or 60m mark].”

“This is most of their season-opener so I knew I had an edge coming in but I just wasn’t sure because I’ve never raced them.”

Torrie Lewis’ 100m sprint Australian record

At the ACT Open and Under-20 championships held in Canberra across January 2024, Lewis ran a new Australian record of 11.10 in the 100m sprint – eclipsing the previous mark of 11.11 set by Melissa Breen in 2014.

Lewis’ blistering time also knocked off the best-ever Australian under-20 sprint by Raelene Boyle in 1968, who recorded a time of 11.20.

Will Torrie Lewis qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics?

Despite breaking Australia’s national record, Lewis’ personal best time of 11.10 is still short of the qualifying time for the Paris 2024 Olympics of 11.07.

Lewis must run at least 11.07 by June 30, 2024 to book a spot in the Australian athletics team in Paris.

Similarly in the 200m, Lewis will need to run a time of 22.57 to automatically qualify for the Olympics.

The times must be achieved at a World Championships, continental championships, continental athletic meet, national championships and selection trials.